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ArtSpace Loughborough are staging a major exhibition of new work at Loughborough Town Hall’s Sock Gallery. 23 artists were given free rein to interpret the exhibition theme ‘Flow’ in their own way.
Inspiration for this exhibition has come from sources as diverse as dance, meditation, relationships, the natural world, the climate crisis, written stories and communication in all its facets. The exhibitors are from the Charnwood area of Leicestershire and include painters, printmakers, sculptors, photographers, jewellery, textile and digital artists.
Beryl Miles’ work encompasses the idea of Samadhi meaning ‘the flow state’ a state of oneness, complete absorption, being in the moment. Spatial concepts have always been important in her work. Compositions are often sparse and asymmetrical and the idea of simplicity and an absence of elaboration or decoration appeals. In ‘Breath’ and ‘Deep Pool’ she is attempting to portray a single moment in a heightened experience where the figure is suspended and caught in total absorption.
In contrast Liz Macfarlane looks at blood through the lens of microscopy, revealing nature’s unseen world of cells and vessels that we all possess and which are fundamental to the life sustaining flow of blood in our bodies. She juxtaposes this with a more social comment on real life experiences and reflections of women in relation to their menstrual cycle.
Kate Hooper explores non-verbal communication in her work ‘Flow of Thought’. She uses the ideal vehicle for this – facial expressions. “I wanted to inject a little humour into the work but also wanted the piece to be decorative incorporating pattern and colour. Mixed media and collage worked well for this purpose. The faces were taken from newspaper and magazine articles, and family photographs.”
Rod Shaw has a passion for the beauty of the natural world and turns to landscapes and the fleeting effects of light and weather as a source of inspiration for his paintings, while Frances Ryan utilizes lyrical shapes and bright colours to epitomise a sense of movement and energy in her images of fishes and birds.
Over 50 diverse works are on show with references as varied as intergenerational family connections, the flow of emotion, of time and tide, the flow of flood waters and concerns about future climate and justice.
And why not pop in and talk to some of the artists at the ‘Meet the Artist’ session on Saturday 23 March 11am-1pm, free and open to all.
Blurred Boundaries is a beautiful solo exhibition of immersive colour by Anna Michalska at the Sock Gallery, Loughborogh.
In this exhibition Anna explores the power, language and meaning of colour. Her work references colour in all its nuances and encourages us to find meaning on a physical and spiritual level. She examines the blurred boundaries that we create through our use of and response to colour.
Anna is also an experienced and inspiring teacher of adults and children. In her classes students are encouraged to express themselves and evolve through creativity. In her teaching she encourages a mindful and spiritual approach.
‘Ways with Words’ – Saturday 24 June from 2.00pm to 4.00pm, ArtSpace member and award-winning writer Mary Byrne will be hosting a creative writing workshop. Suitable for all levels, 13-years plus, booking for this is essential. To book your place please email email@example.com.
Drop-in willow weaving workshop – Saturday 22 July 10am – 4pm. Learn to make your own random weave willow sphere with Nita Rao. No need to book, just turn up and get creative!
There will also be a ‘Fascinating Fossil Day’ sometime in August, including free willow workshops and talks by The National Forest Company Geoheritage Officer Dr Jack Matthews. Watch this space for dates and details.
17th May – 31st August 2023. Open Mon-Sat 9 am- 4.30 pm.
ArtSpace Loughborough, which created the phenomenally successful Outwoods Sculpture Trail in summer 2023, has an exciting new venture in Derby. The group of artists from the Charnwood area of Leicestershire has collaborated with Déda, Derby’s dance and performance centre. Members were given the opportunity to sketch and photograph in a selection of dance classes and performances and then use their responses to create work. The result is ‘Rhythm & Movement’, an exciting exhibition of new art. This will run from 17th May to 31st August 2023 throughout the Déda building in Chapel Street, Derby.
Ballet and contemporary dance feature as inspiration in the work of Beryl Miles, Ingrid Kleins-Daniels, Mary Byrne, Kate Hooper, Pam Everard and Frances Ryan among others. Sue Barry sketched student rehearsals for a drama performance.
Other sources for ‘Rhythm & Movement’, not so directly related to Déda’s activities, vary from Judith Eason’s paintings of birdsong patterns and Sally Reayer’s paintings of birds in flight to Gill Hugman-Perkins’s work based on patterns in reflections.
Ingrid Kleins-Daniels also organised a collaboration between BA/MA dance students at Déda and MA Fine Art students from Derby University and some of the art students’ work features in the exhibition too. Mary Byrne, who is a prize-winning author as well as an artist, will lead a creative writing workshop, inspired by work in the exhibition, on 18th May 2-4 pm at Déda.
‘Rhythm & Movement’, Déda, 19 Chapel Street, Derby DE1 3GU (opposite Chapel Street car park).
The renowned ArtSpace sculpture trail will return to Charnwood this June, moving from its previous home of the Outwoods, to Beacon country park.
‘Up to the Beacon Sculpture trail’, formerly ‘Into the Outwoods Sculpture Trail’, organised by Artspace Loughborough, will open on June 10 and stay in place until September 17.
The trail, which was run in 2019 and 2022, won Leicestershire Tourism’s ‘Best Free Event of the Year’ award last year.
Tony Thory, trail organiser, said: “This summer will see the hugely successful, award-winning woodland sculpture trail reinvented and rising to new heights as it will be staged at The Beacon Country Park for the first time.”
The Project is being generously supported by Leicestershire County Council’s Shire Grants, The Intelligent Energy Charitable Trust, Leicestershire and Rutland Community Foundation, Charnwood Arts, The Charnwood Forest Landscape Partnership Scheme, Charnwood Borough Council and Leicestershire County Council’s Parks Department
Nita Rao, lead artist for the project, said: “We expect there to be over 25 works making up the trail, which will be based on the theme ‘Harmony and Healing for Planet and People’.
“Much of the sculpture will directly reference issues of climate change, sustainability and ecology. Through these trail works, and the outreach workshop programme at local schools, we aim to raise awareness of the climate emergency and encourage people to think about our place in the natural world.
“The sculpture trail will encourage people from different backgrounds to come together, be in nature, engage in the creative arts, and learn new skills participating in workshops. These are all well proven ways to improve and develop community as well as supporting improved mental health and emotional well-being.”
So come up to the beacon this summer and discover fascinating fossils, amazing ants, a new generation of ‘tree people’ and much more. It is free and open to all, dawn to dusk, at The Beacon Country Park near Loughborough (standard parking charges do apply).
Up to the Beacon Sculpture Trail 2023
Free and open to all. 10nd June – 17th Sept 2023.
Opening times: Dawn to dusk, 7 days a week. Upper Beacon Country Park.
We have estimated that visitor numbers were well in excess of 20,000 for the 8 weeks that the trail was open. Over 60 visitors took part in willow dragon fly workshops during the jubillee celebration holiday, marking the opening of the trail, and approximately 40 visitors took part in a creative drop-in workshop making flags and messages of hope for the ‘message in a bottle’ installation. Another 42 visitors took part in our ‘find the tree people’ guided walk.
Walk the trail here in photographs and see some of the many visitor comments we have recieved ……
“Wonderful, such fun and very important messages too. Kids love it, especially spotting the Tree People!” – visitor comment.
“The horse is stupendous and quite beautiful! It also reminds me of the Narnia creation story illustration, where all the animals grow out of the earth. Its symbolic.” – visitor comment.
“Wonderful to experience sculpture in such a beautiful setting. Inspiring and thought provoking and my two year old grandchild loved looking for the tiny people” – visitor comment.
“What a fabulous opportunity to see these pieces placed in natural woodland. Very inspirational” – visitor comment.
“This was wonderful. Attempted on Sunday but far too busy. Had the woods to myself Monday evening. Gorgeous thanks” – visitor comment.
“We thoroughly enjoyed the sculpture trail and highly recommended friends and family to visit. We thought it was absolutely amazing!! Well done to everyone involved!!” – visitor comment.
“Wonderful seeing a very familiar site a fresh. Great for dealing with anxiety. Loved the variety and sensitivity to natural surroundings” – visitor comment.
“I have visited twice. What a wonderful idea, a walk through a gorgeous wood, filled with sculptures that told a message.The sculptors had done a fabulous job and loved the wood lice with smiley faces! All sorts of facts and messages on the trail pamphlet,well done everyone involved. ” – visitor comment.
“Would be great if the trail can last the whole of the summer holidays” – visitor comment.
This is worth a visit. We took our pre- teen grandchildren and they had a great time spotting the sculptures especially the small ceramic people perched on branches!
“Amazing trail, look above eye level, not to miss small peaple !” – visitor comment.
“That’s wonderful been round once but would like to go around again. We can now the time as been extended shame it’s not until August.” – visitor comment
“Well done to all for all the amazing work ” – visitor comment.
“It’s brilliant we have been twice and will probably go again thank you.x” – visitor comment.
“Well done! My first visit was on Monday but I failed to spot many tree people! Tony must hidden them well! We didn’t find Holly either even though I was sure the dog would spot her! He was totally taken in by the swans and gave them a look as if he expected them to hiss at any moment.” – visitor comment.
“We have been 3 times now it’s lovely the grandchildren only found 51 tree people but I do think that was good for a 4 & 7 year old.When will we be able to purchase one please or 2 !!” – visitor comment.
“I loved all of it. Couldn’t wait till July, needed to see it as soon as possible. Hope you get chance to have it for 2023. Told my friends all about it ” – visitor comment.
“Can I just say thank you very much to you and your team for organising it. It’s such a lovely thing & myself & my family have loved seeing all the sculptures back in the woods again. Well done!” – visitor comment.
“Fabulous day out – the grandchildren had such fun looking for the little men – took us about 2.5hrs to get round- very educational as well – we allLoved it.” – visitor comment.
“Loved this fantastic and thank you to all involved ” – visitor comment.
“It does look amazing !!! xx” – visitor comments.
“Can it not stay until winter, many people still want to see it.” – visitor comment.
“I visited with a friend today, and what a great time we had. The free entry makes it accesible for all, adults, children and dogs can enjoy the trail. It gives out good messages to all ages,or just makes for a pleasant walk under the gorgeous trees. I would love to have the opportunity to buy a little man or a long tailed tit, it would be a chance to put a little money back into the pot. Thank you for a lovely day .” – visitor comment.
“Took our two granddaughters lots of fun looking for the clay men in the trees & the sculpturesWell worth a visit.” – visitor comment.
“We went today, well done it was amazing!” – visitor comment.
“It’s brilliant really hope you do more things like this ” – visitor comment.
ArtSpace invite you to come down to the Outwoods between 2nd june and 24th July to discover the 70 tree people lining the 1¼ mile woodland trail, encounter willow bees and dragonflies, the Queen’s horse, ceramic birds and giant woodlice … and much more. The trail will celebrate biodiversity and explore concerns about habitat loss and the climate emergency. We are also celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and the 70 years of the Queens guardianship of the people and lands of the UK as part of our project theme ‘Harmony and Healing for Planet and People’ .
The trail is open to all, dawn to dusk, and entry is free.
‘Trailing Words’: a creative writing workshop – Saturday 25th June 2 – 4 pm. Be inspired by the art on the trail! Creative writing workshop with artist and prize-winning author, Mary Byrne. Suitable for all levels 13 yrs plus. You will need to bring paper or notebook, pen and something to lean on.e.g. a clipboard, and a folding chair will be very useful. Booking essential, see below.
Make Flags of Hope : 11 am -4 pm Sunday 26th June : make textile flags and messages to add to the ‘message in a bottle’ sculpture by Nita Rao in the heart of the woodland trail. Drop-in workshop – no need to book – just turn up and get creative!
To book your place please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call/text 07786 857530. Let us know how many adults and children you want to book in and for which sessions. Thank you.
Very sorry but all Dragonfly workshops are now fully booked !
Come along and make your own willow dragonfly at these free workshops in the crook barn next to the main Outwoods car park 2pm-4pm on the afternoons of the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th of June. All materials provided. Suitable for all levels. Booking essential.
The Into the Outwoods Sculpture Trail 2022 will open on 2nd June to mark the Platinum Jubilee and help celebrate 70 years of the Queen’s guardianship of the people and lands of the UK.
So ArtSpace invite you to come down to the Outwoods between 2nd june and 24th July to discover the 70 tree people lining the 11⁄4 mile woodland trail, encounter willow bees and dragonflies, the Queen’s horse, ceramic birds and giant woodlice … and much more. The trail will celebrate biodiversity and explore concerns about habitat loss and the climate emergency.
Success with Platinum Jubilee funding from the ‘Let’s Create’ Arts Council scheme means a more substantial trail with more artwork and free willow workshops on the afternoons of the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th of June, to coincide with other jubilee celebrations. So come along and make your own willow dragonfly at these free workshops (booking via the ArtSpace website essential).
The National Forest have also stepped up to help make this happen by awarding an ‘Arts Grant’ to fund some of the artist’s commissions. They are also funding a public workshop in the woods, free to participants, making ‘flags of hope’ to add to the ‘message in a bottle’ sculpture. This will be a drop-in workshop, so just turn up and get creative. Dates will be posted on the ArtSpace website.
In addition, the public have generously contributed to a ‘just giving’ page to fund more Sculpture commissions. This means the trail will have more than 25 works and co-created sculpture.
We are very pleased to announce that ArtSpace have been successful with funding bids to Leicestershire County Council’s Shire Grants and The National Forest’s Arts Grants for the 2022 Outwoods Sculture Trail.
Into The Outwoods Sculpture Trail 2022 is based on the theme ‘Harmony and Healing for Planet and People’. Much of the sculpture will directly reference issues of climate change, sustainability and ecology. Through these trail works, and the outreach workshop programme, we aim to raise awareness of the climate emergency and encourage people to think about our place in the natural world.
The Shire Grant funding will enable us to work with local schools and vulnerable groups to co-create work for the woodland trail. Mapelwell Hall School, Cobden School, Glebe House, the Wellbeing Café, and Albert Street Artists are all taking part. We aim to provide a vehicle for creative practice to help improve mental health and well being for the participants.
Funding from The National Forest Arts Grants will enable us to commission inspiring work for the trail, work with an additional school and run drop-in workshops for the public.
The sculpture trail will encourage people from different backgrounds to come together, be and walk in nature, engage in the creative arts and learn new skills participating in workshops. These are all well proven ways to improve and develop relationships between participants as well as supporting improved mental health and emotional well-being.
We want to encourage people to visit the natural woodland environment and create a meaningful experience for them there so that they look on the woodland as a sanctuary in difficult times, enhancing a sense of place and where, through art, we can all make connections with our social and environmental context, with other people and with the natural world.
Into The Outwoods 2022 Sculpture Trail will be open from June 2nd to July 24th. It is free and open to all, dawn to dusk, at The Outwoods near Loughborough.
Two members of ArtSpace are currently in an exhibition at Charnwood Museum, Loughborough. Judith Eason and Mary Byrne are also members of The Association of Leicestershire Artists. The Association – a small group formed after the artists graduated from Loughborough and De Montfort Universities – is exhibiting ‘A Sense of Place’ from 12th March to 5th June.
The ‘place’ referred to in the title is Charnwood. Artists were inspired by the Charnwood landscape and by items in the Leicestershire Museum Collections, some of which are on display with the artworks. There are paintings, drawings, collage, digital works and sketchbooks.
Glen Heath and Vivien Blackburn focus on nature in Charnwood. Vivien uses many different media, including digital art, to explore light and pattern in the landscape. Glen’s interest is chiefly in the damage that man has done to nature and the repercussions. She’s also interested in myths associated with the countryside.
Judith has landscape drawings too but also paintings based on medieval tiles in the Museum Collections. She was fascinated by the symbolism and surface texture. Sue Graham is interested in the fossils in the Collection but also rocks in the present landscape and how time erodes and changes them.
Christine Johnson-Hume has paintings and sketches of Bradgate House which evoked thoughts of the young Lady Jane Grey before her future fate.
With a focus more on people, Ros Kite is fascinated by the colours and patterns in the Leicestershire Museum dress collection. (There is also an original 1850s dress on display!) Mary has paintings and drawings inspired by a 1920s photo archive of women workers at a Loughborough perfume factory. The women are surprisingly individual and ‘modern’ looking.
There is something for everyone to see. And a café too!
The Museum (Granby Street) is open Wednesday-Saturday 10am-3pm. After 15th April, it’s open Tuesday-Saturday 10am-4pm and Sunday 1-4pm.
There is a ‘Meet the Artists’ session on Saturday 2nd April 1-3 pm.
Sorry, this exhibition has now ended. An archive exhibition tour video will be uploaded soon.
ArtSpace present ‘New Work’, our next interactive on-line exhibition. The exhibits range from paintings and mixed media to photography, collage, video and print. Much of the work is for sale. Please note work is not shown actual size in this virtual gallery. Price and actual size are given in the ‘list of works’ (via drop down menu top right when in gallery view) or, along with an artist statement in some cases, via the info tab (top right when viewing a specific artwork) for a given work. Enquiries are welcomed via individual artist’s emails, if given, via the group email : email@example.com.
This exhibition is now closed. Please watch our archive virtual tour video.
Originally on-line 31 May to 3 November 2021.
ArtSpace present ‘Blue’, an interactive on-line exhibition. Members offer individual interpretations of the theme. The exhibits range from paintings and mixed media to photography, collage and prints. Much of the work is for sale. Enquiries are welcomed via individual artist’s emails, if given, or via the group email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Its that time of year again when we hold our art fair at Woodhouse Eave village Hall. This year it is in the new building. As before it is free to enter, there are plenty of artworks and cards to browse or buy. Why not stop by for a cup of tea and some delicious home made cake as all refreshment proceeds go to the British Legion.
Art Fair, Saturday and Sunday 7th and 8th November,10am – 4pm. See you there.